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Elementary STEM Education

Please note: The Elementary STEM M.A.T. program is not accepting applications for the 2019-2020 academic year. We plan to accept applications in January 2020 for Summer 2020 enrollment. Please contact the director with any questions you may have.

Tuition & Application

Application Fast Facts:

Application Deadline: January 2
Program Duration: 12 Months
Tuition: $44,904 (2018-2019)
GRE Requirement: Yes
Interview Required: Yes
Prerequisites: B.A. degree or the equivalent
Degree Type: Master of Arts (MAT) - Elementary Education
Notification and Decisions: March 30

Application Checklist >

Applicants to this program must have strength in science, mathematics, or engineering, demonstrated through course work, projects, research activities, and/or willingness and interest. A baccalaureate in the sciences, mathematics, or engineering is not required for admission. However, the candidate must demonstrate strengths in the STEM disciplines, and this can be done through transcripts, résumés, and the personal statement submitted with the application. Letters of recommendation are another way of making the case for strength in these areas.

Program Tuition and Fees
Tuition of $44,904 (2018-2019) for the 12-month MAT degree is inclusive of courses taken during the summer terms prior to the academic year, and the summer following the academic year.

The University also charges the following fees:

  • A Graduate Student Activity Fee of $62 is assessed annually to support the activities of the Graduate Student Council.
  • Health Insurance cost ($2,750 for 2018-2019) for comprehensive medical coverage for students. If desired, coverage is also available for spouses and children. Students will be charged this amount unless a waiver is filed. This cost may be waived if proof of outside coverage from a U.S. carrier is submitted.
  • A Comprehensive Student Health Fee ($842 for 2018-2019) for use of Tufts health and counseling services is mandatory for students enrolled half-time or more.

Additional costs and program fees:

  • Since tuition costs do not include room and board, living expenses are additional. Review the on-campus housing information.
  • Off campus housing information is available through the following resources:
  • A non-refundable deposit of $300 is due upon confirming your offer of admission.
  • Books incur a small cost, likely between $100-200 per semester.

Department Scholarships
A tuition scholarship is an award based upon scholarly ability and need that may be used exclusively for remission of tuition. Many students in the program receive some amount of this department-based aid. Students who receive scholarships are responsible for payment of fees and tuition charges above those covered by their particular scholarship. Tuition scholarships are granted upon admission, and all awards are granted and accepted with the understanding that they may be revoked or reduced for students making inadequate progress toward the degree as defined by departmental standards.

To apply for tuition scholarships, complete the Financial Aid Application section of the online application. Award notification is sent to the applicant's mailing address with the acceptance letter. Award offers are official only when made in writing and signed by the dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.

Other Scholarship, Grant, and Financial Aid Opportunities
Many students take advantage of hundreds of external scholarships each year through their employers, civic organizations, religious affiliations or other networks. There are listings of several free website resources that can help make your search easier. External scholarships are a great way to supplement any additional aid you might receive from Tufts University. Information on other types of financial assistance, including various loan programs and work-study, are available from Student Financial Services as well as the programs listed below.

Urban Teacher Training Collaborative Scholarships
Since 2004, through this program, we have been able to support between 7 and 15 Urban Teacher Training Collaborative interns who serve full year residencies in UTTC partner schools in Boston, Somerville, Malden and other communities. UTTC interns may receive stipends of up to $10,000 - $12,000 per year. Applicants to the UTTC will describe, in their statement of purpose, what important questions guide their interest in a career in urban education. Successful candidates will have earned a GPA of 3.0 or higher in their undergraduate academic major, be accepted to one of the UTTC school sites, and have demonstrated excellent writing and analytical skills in academic projects and/or experience in academic research. The UTTC program is generously supported by both the Tufts University Provost and the Margolis Family, as outlined below:

Urban Teacher Scholar Program
The Provost's Office generously supports the Urban Teacher Training Collaborative Program to provide financial support to highly talented graduate students who are committed to teaching in urban schools. Tuition scholarships are sometimes paired with the stipend.

Margolis Urban Teacher Scholar Program
The Margolis Family generously supports the Urban Teacher Training Collaborative Program to provide financial support to highly talented graduate students who are committed to teaching in urban schools. Tuition scholarships are sometimes paired with the stipend.

Apply for the Urban Teacher Training Collaborative by discussing in your statement of purpose why you are a good match for this scholarship.

For more information on the program or the application process, contact education@tufts.edu.

Student Employment

  • Students seeking part-time work on campus should contact Student Employment, Dowling Hall.
  • Off campus employment opportunities may be available through TuftsLife.
  • Graduate students in the department are eligible to apply for positions as Research Assistants and Graduate Assistants. Each full time faculty member has the option to hire a Graduate Assistant at the beginning of the academic year. Job descriptions for both are posted in Student Employment Opportunities and students apply according to personal interest and qualification for the position. GA positions are for four hours weekly and are paid at an hourly rate; RA positions vary. Contact education@tufts.edu for more information.

Application Checklist
You can find more information about the application process on the Tufts Graduate School Website. Tufts alumni, please read about the TuftsPlus program, as recent graduates may be eligible for a streamlined application process. A complete application to the program includes the following:

  1. Online Application for Admission through Tufts Graduate School of Arts and Sciences.
  2. College Transcripts: One official copy of each of your college transcripts.
  3. Send GREs: Tufts University GRE code 3901
  4. Three Letters of Recommendation: Collectively the letters should address your capacity to accomplish graduate-level studies.
  5. Résumé
  6. Personal statement: Elaborate on your reasons for wishing to pursue graduate study at Tufts. Your personal statement should be a maximum of 2,500 words and single-spaced. Describe experiences, including inspiring individuals or events that motivated you to take this path.
  7. Application fee of $85 (non-refundable).
  8. Financial Aid Applications: If you are applying for financial assistance and/or a Tufts University Department-based scholarship, be sure to complete the following two steps:
    1. Complete the Financial Aid Application section of the online application.
    2. To apply for loans and other financial assistance that is awarded from outside Tufts University, you will also need to complete a FAFSA at www.fafsa.ed.gov (The Tufts FAFSA Code is 002219)
  9. Attend the Interview Day: An annual Interview Day is held in February (TBA here, on our department's social media outlets, and by email) and at that time, candidates will have the opportunity to meet with faculty and students, visit school sites, and experience a sense of what the Tufts Elementary STEM MAT program entails. For those who are unable to attend, individual interviews will be scheduled.

If you have further questions, please contact the Director of the Program: Brian Gravel at brian.gravel@tufts.edu or 617.627.4201.